Things To See and Do
Welcome to Okehampton Castle
We have introduced limits on visitor numbers to help keep everyone safe, and you won’t be able to visit without your booking confirmation. If you’re a Member, your ticket will be free, but you still need to book in advance. To book your visit, click here.
Although things might be a little different when you visit, you’ll still be able to enjoy exploring the places where history really happened. And you’ll still be given a warm and safe welcome by our friendly – if socially distant – staff and volunteers.
- We’ve introduced new measures at Okehampton Castle to keep you safe on your visit. One-way routes might be in place, and parts of the site may be closed to help with social distancing.
- Shop - The shop will be open, but there will be limits on the number of people allowed in. A one-way route may also be in place.
- Toilets - The toilets will be open and hand sanitiser will be available.
- Face coverings - Face coverings must be worn in Okehampton Castle's indoor shop and all other indoor spaces. We won’t be able to give you a face covering, so please come prepared so you don’t miss out.
Hear the history
Take the free audio tour to discover how this castle developed from its construction on a natural spur over the River Okement valley. In 1068 the site was owned by Baldwin de Brionne, Sheriff of Devon who was cousin to William the Conquerer by marriage. Later owned by the Courtenay family it was updated and extended before changing hands many times.
Man the defences
Walk around the motte and you can see remains of the ditch which was originally four metres deep but filled in during the 13th century. This defensive structure from the 11th century would have protected the keep and prevented entry to potential invaders. As you walk along, you can look up at the ruins of this once grand structure just as people would have done over hundreds of years.
Walk on the wild side
Surrounded by beautiful woodland and countryside, this is a great place for walkers and to take your dog on a gentle stroll. With the River Okement flowing through the grounds, you can often spot birds and wildlife on the banks as well as a lovely display of flowers in every season. The castle is particularly famous for its swathes of bluebells in spring. Take a picnic and enjoy a peaceful meal al fresco to round off your visit to the castle.